A Most Unusual Christmas Event with Charles Phoenix

Several years ago I heard about a local entertainer who collected vintage slides and put on comedic shows featuring them. It sounded like a lot of fun so my friends and I attended the Charles Phoenix Retro Slide Show and I was instantly smitten. His hilarious commentary combined with a gaggle of vintage slides made […]

Dining at Benihana Downey

Full disclosure: This post was sponsored by Benihana. All opinions are my own. When I turned 17, my family celebrated my birthday at Benihana. Ordinarily, we celebrated at home with a favorite dinner, but that year we did something special and headed to the famed teppanyaki restaurant. My mom, dad, sister, aunt and grandma were […]

Touring LA’s Fast Food History

The standard joke is that all Californians are health food nuts. I remember reading the Baby Sitter’s Club when I was a kid and finding out my favorite character, Dawn, never ate junk food. All the other babysitters figured it was because she was from California where everyone ate like that. Huh? I lived in […]

SoCal Events November 1-8

Happy Halloween! I hope your trick or treating yielded lots of chocolate and very few raisins. And while you’re digging into your pile of goodies don’t forget November is just around the corner. Literally. It’s tomorrow. But no fear. I’ve got you covered with a list of fun events to celebrate the first week of […]

In Which I Suggest a Vist to a Fast Food Restaurant – Visiting the Oldest Standing McDonald’s

Yup, you heard right. I’ma gonna recommend a visit to a fast food restaurant. And not any one at that. This happens to be a branch of the biggest fast food empire of them all. Yes, I am suggesting you visit McDonald’s. Now, before you throw down your mice in disgust hear me out. I’m […]

Breakfast with Bob – Dining at Bob’s Big Boy in Downey

Gather round folks while I tell you a tale. Once upon a time, there was a restaurant called Johnie’s Broiler For a long time it was a popular place but times change and one day it closed it’s doors. Johnie’s had been around a long time and had many fans so it had potential for […]

A little bit of Cuba – Having a Delicious Meal at Porto’s Bakery

Luckily, the folks behind Porto’s Bakery have been more successful than the Ricardo’s and Mertze’s. In fact, if I had one word to describe Porto’s, it would be phenomenon. First off, it is ginormous. Not just by bakery standards, but by any standards. Inside are several counters serving everything from entrees to drinks to pastries. […]